An 8-year-old girl who was shot in the stomach with an air
rifle by her brother has been discharged from Hawke's Bay
The girl was taken to Wairoa hospital with an abdominal
injury after she was shot by her 12-year-old brother at a
property on State Highway 2, just north of Wairoa, on Sunday
The Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter transferred the girl
to Hawke's Bay Hospital on Sunday night.
A hospital spokeswoman said the girl was discharged yesterday
Wairoa locals yesterday were unwilling to talk about the
Senior Sergeant Tony Bates said police were investigating,
particularly how the air rifle ended up in the hands of the
Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt said people had a tendency to
treat air rifles like toys but they could cause injury.
"The rules that apply to any other firearm should be applied
and air rifles should certainly be kept out of reach of
Mr Shadbolt said it "is not uncommon" for people to be
injured through the irresponsible use of an air rifle.
A person over 18 did not need a firearms licence to buy an
air rifle, while a person under 18 did require a licence, he
said. Firing an air gun in a way that might endanger or
frighten anyone, or harm property, could mean a fine of $3000
and/or imprisonment for up to three months.
- Harrison Christian of Hawke's Bay Today